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A Beautiful Classic Wedding with a Sweet Side of Confetti

How do you top one of the best proposals ever? (Seriously, read below.)  You throw a stunning classic affair in the heart of Carlsbad, complete with a confetti send-off post-nuptials.  Add to all of that fanfare a long list of talented vendors and a ballroom decked out in head to toe pink and gold and what you have is one very pretty Saturday.  See it all captured by the brilliant Ether & Smith in THE VAULT.

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From the Bride… Our Wedding Proposal… It was just a day before my birthday and Richard surprised me with a trip to Paris by giving me an Eiffel Tower lego set. He knew Paris had been the one place I’ve dreamed of visiting since I was a kid. Already excited about the news to Paris, we celebrated by putting the lego pieces together. After two hours and 320 lego pieces, we were down to one piece. He said he remembered leaving the last piece on the bookshelf. So I walked over to the bookshelf and to my surprise I found more than just a lego piece, but my engagement ring cradled in the hands of a lego mini figure! As I turned around Richard was behind me on one knee. Before he could even ask I said “Yes!”

Our advice for future wedding couples is don’t get caught on the small things. Enjoy the day and cherish every moment and focus on making memories because it goes by so fast. We also advice choosing your location and venue first because it will really influence your wedding style. Pinterest is a great source for wedding inspiration and ideas.

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Photography: Ether & Smith | Cinematography: Sweet Day Studio | Coordination: Betty Blue Events | Floral Design: Third Bloom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: Hilo Productions | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | String Quartet: Eliana Strings | Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort: Luxury Carlsbad Resort | Dessert Bar: Three50Bakes | Escort Cards: Bottega Louie | Party Rentals + Decor: Concepts Event Design | Tea Ceremony Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA

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Elegant New Year’s Eve Wedding

I’ve always thought having a wedding on New Year’s Eve is pure genius. It just calls for a fabulous party. And this gorgeous couple took fabulous up a couple notches with their chic-as-they-come soiree captured by The Youngrens. Part Gatsby and part gorgeous, this gallery shows how a New Year’s Eve wedding should be done. See even more in the VAULT.

From The YoungrensMatt loves sports, Dana loves dogs. If it weren’t for these two would never have crossed paths. They met one evening for drinks and the rest is history! After two years of dating, Matt proposed and The Park Hyatt Aviara Carlsbad was the venue for a spectacular NYE wedding. After a week of rain and freezing cold weather, Southern California did not disappoint. The evening wedding was held outside on the Palm Courtyard which was enhanced by a candle lit isle and an arbor covered with tulips, peonies, roses, and various other flowers in shades of white and cream.

Full of glitz and glamor the black tie event, organized by Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings was off with a bang! Dinner, which was served on clear, gold beaded chargers with paper clocks underneath was a great reminder of the NYE celebration yet to come. Centering on each table was another spectacular floral design with draping crystals and glowing globes from Bethany at Splendid Sentiments. The head table, which seated Matt and Dana’s closest friends, had a forest of trees, full of greenery and more flowers all in shades of white and cream, draped with crystals and candles.

Midnight was spectacular! Confetti canons, party hats, poppers, blowers, gold, silver, and black balloons covered the dance floor so when Mick “British DJ” counted down to midnight the guests went wild and the party was hopping till 2am. What a fantastic way to ring in a new year, celebrating with friends, blending of two families, and of course, the marriage of Matt and Dana!

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Photography: The Youngrens | Coordination: Crown Weddings | Floral Design: Splendid Sentiments | Stationery: Brightly Designed | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: A New Twist 4 U | Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara | DJ + Lighting: Elite British DJ | Linen Rentals: APR Fine Linens

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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, North San Diego + A Giveaway!

The search for a perfect venue is over, because Omni La Costa is it. Not only do you get a dedicated wedding specialist who’ll partner with your coordinator to plan your dream day, but the North San Diego location is sure to add sunshine to your ceremony. Add in a chance to see an array of setups and meet their specialists, we think it’s easy to see why Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is perfect!

Offering a variety of venues and atmospheres to choose from, Omni La Costa has every type of accommodation to fit your festivity. Be it your rehearsal dinner, wedding shower, or celebratory wedding brunch, Omni La Costa has it all accessible leading up to your big day (and beyond).

In addition to luxurious accommodations, Omni La Costa offers the #1 wellness spa, two championship golf courses, five on premise restaurants and limitless options for leisure and fun. From Omni La Costa’s dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces to stunning scenery complete with panoramic views, it’s impossible not to fall in love with every single detail.

Also, did you know that when you book your wedding at any Omni Hotels & resorts property you will receive a complimentary honeymoon stay at one of 14 premier resort destinations (!!) amazing right?! It’s easy to see why Omni La Costa is the ideal destination for guests and getaways alike and with a variety of venues to accommodate every need, we ask you – what are you waiting for?! Get booking!


Celebrate your engagement and preview the perfect venue with a weekend getaway to Omni La Costa Resort & Spa!

Ten couples will win two nights of world-class accommodations at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Package includes:
*Two nights at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
*Customized amenities
*Welcome cocktails and appetizers
*Dinner in one of the luxury ballrooms
*Your choice of spa/golf/tennis/yoga activity

You will have the opportunity to see a variety of inspirational wedding setups, and meet our wedding specialists and see if Omni La Costa Resort & Spa could be the right venue for your special day!

Leave a comment below by January 31, 2016 and let us know why Omni La Costa is your ideal wedding location for a chance to win!

Please note transportation to and from the resort will not be provided

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Venue: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa